Blogworthy Day 1: Make Your Message Count

Your blog is your message to the world. Make it a good one.

I believe in fate, but I also believe in creating your own destiny (naks!) so when fate brought a 50% scholarship to Blogworthy my way, I made it my destiny to join.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Blogworthy is a blogging and personal branding workshop by Arriane Serafico of The first one happened earlier this year, which I found out too late about and was too old to qualify for. It was a ray of sunshine when I read that Arriane was conducting a 2nd workshop and there was no age limit this time.

co.lab : Unit 301 #3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

I was so nervous and excited during the days before the workshop. In fact, I was so excited that I got there an hour early. And I’m rarely early!

Made up of two workshop days, the first day of Blogworthy focused on personal branding and making a blog post “good”. Arriane also shared  some technical tips regarding SEO, plugins, and hosting.

Arriane was so funny! Definitely one of the best speakers I’ve listened to this past year.

As I had expected, I had the most fun during the personal branding exercises because they were the most challenging. How do I step away far enough from myself to see what possibly makes me unique as a person and as a blogger? It was also a great way to meet new and interesting people. I think I started really stepping out of my shell when I got to talk to a preschool owner and a homeschooling mom, reminding me of how much I value education.

The best thing I got out of Day 1 was finally having a clearer focus on what I want the Stars for Dreams blog to be. This is definitely a good way to contribute positively! 🙂

For lunch, the Blogworthy team gave me a vegetarian lunch of eggplant lasagna, bread, and mixed veggies. Thank you so much for the accommodation! Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m past the one month mark on this.

After getting our fill of food and talk during lunch, we got to listen to Maine Manalansan talk a bit about her online magazine Stache, and Bernadette Lim of BC Fragrance share the secrets of creating and appreciating fragrances.

Maine and Bernadette

I don’t wear cologne or perfume but I found myself really fascinated with Bernadette’s presentation just because she was so passionate about fragrances. I could see why Arriane invited her for Blogworthy. If a blogger has that much passion and commitment to share a good message, or just to share something she loves, that’s already a good start.

Bernadette mixing orange oil with jasmine oil to create a special Blogworthy fragrance.

And if all that wasn’t enough, we also got a taste of three yummy flavors from Pinkerton. I think the group favorite was the cake batter with sprinkles. I loved it because it was so creamy and it wasn’t as sweet as I had expected. It was definitely like eating real cake batter.

And of course, I know a lot of people are curious about what else we got as freebies, so here they are!

Thank you to Designs of Artisan (Hi April!) for the green notepad, Hey Kessy (Hello Mansy!) for washi tapes and stickers, Celebrations Party Central for the pink pail, BC Fragrance for a personalized scent, Hodge Podge for Blogworthy-themed accessories, and Punchdrunk Panda for the super cute laptop case.

It felt a lot like the craft soirees I attended before, especially because I saw familiar items from crafter friends.

Super cool, right?

Day 2 of Blogworthy will be all about Photoshop tricks. I work a lot with Adobe programs so I’m really excited about what new tips I can learn from Arriane. There’s also a mini photoshoot that’s already making me nervous because I don’t really like being in front of the camera but I’m going to give it my best. Maybe I’ll bring a giant pair of sunnies to hide behind haha. And last but not the least, I’m gearing up for my one-on-one consultation with Arriane herself because I really want to make this piece of internet land better.

I’ll be posting some realtime Blogworthy photos on my Instagram so if you have it on your mobile too, come find me. Just search for lorraelena.

I can’t wait for Saturday!


  1. April San Pedro {iam_artisan} September 28, 2012

    Thank you for the mention Lorra… I so want to join Blogworthy… need tips with the SEO and plugins stuff… by the way, what do you mean you got 50% scholarship? how to get that? lol

    • starsfordreams September 28, 2012

      Hi April! Nagparaffle si Arriane for the 50% scholarship. I just joined. She announced it on her blog and Twitter. 🙂

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